Leicestershire's Signature Dish

Melton Mowbray Pork PieI've written before about the current competition to find Leicestershire's 'signature dish'. Initially when it was announced, and then when the deadline for entries was extended.

The final takes place at St Martin’s House, next to Leicester Cathedral, on Tuesday 4 October, between noon and 2pm. The six judges, including celebrity chef James Tanner, will choose which of the dishes will become the winner. The finalists are:

  • Coralie Featherstone, 17, from Markfield, whose recipe of stuffed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon with a honey mustard sauce, has made it through in the 16 to 18 category.
  • Rosie Clark, 48, from Clarendon Park, Leicester, was chosen in the quirky category with her three 'Leicestershire loaves'.
  • Maurice Flynn, 35, from Hoton near Loughborough, had his apple and mulberry crumble cake chosen in the over-18 category.
  • The remaining finalist is Amardeep Singh Anand, 31, from Leicester city centre, who entered in the professional category with his Bradgate Park venison curry with Red Leicester naan bread.

The competitors, who could win a prize of £1,000 worth of cooking equipment, will have their dishes cooked by a team of professional chefs.

That said: if they think that the winning dish will be 'Leicestershire's Signature Dish', then they're living in 'cloud cuckoo land'! There's more chance of me walking than that happening.

"Blimey, he's off again: moan, moan, moan; He told us all this in his last rant". Well yes, and I'm going to do it again! You see, last night I was thinking that maybe I'd misinterpreted what a signature dish actually is. I'm from Enderby in Leicestershire; it could be said that English is not my first language! So, I actually checked what them posh clever people in Oxford say in their dictionary. They reckon that a signature is summat what is a noun and what, among other things, means:

a distinctive pattern, product, or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified:

the chef produced the pâté that was his signature
[as modifier] :
his signature dish

To my simple brain, that means that Leicestershire's signature dish should be "a dish by which Leicestershire can be identified". I'm sorry Mr Rhodes, but a competition, even with a fantastic £1000 prize, cannot decide that: only time and reputation can!

...and to the competitors: I wish you all good fortune. Have a great day; I'm sure it will be a fantastic experience.


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